The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is full of surprises. One of the more pleasant surprises that came my way in the 2011 Challenge was finding the blog of San at Informed Sharing. I don't even recall how I found her post about me, but there it was making me blush and feel kind of proud at the same time.
San had joined in the Challenge when it was too late to get her link on the list, but that didn't stop her. She went all out posting A to Z topics daily and praising the blog talents of the other participants. In fact, helping others is one of San's specialties. And sharing what she knows is the subject matter of her wonderful blog.
But enough from me. San is my special guest today and I'm going to turn my blog over to her so she can tell her own story.
Whew. How the heck did I end up here?
A few weeks ago, Lee asked me to guest post here at Tossing it Out. I was thrilled, humbled, and quite honestly chagrined. I wrote him back and told him that I certainly didn’t deserve this honor based upon several things – including my erratic blogging habits over the last couple of months.
Oh, and you know Lee, he pooh-poohed that and convinced me otherwise and so here I am. Guest posting at Tossing it Out.
I’ll get to the meat of my post in a minute but let me first tell you how I met Lee. Arlee Bird is the co-founder of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge. You all know that, and many of you participate, I imagine. I certainly did so, this year – blogging from A – Z, every day of the month of April (except for Sundays). My A – Z consisted of highlighting other A to Z bloggers that I happened to stumble upon from the fabulous list of people who signed up.
WOWZA, that was FUN! I got to meet and discover a whole big world of blogging that I never imagined (in a trillion years or so…). Meeting new friends and getting a glimpse of their little piece of the (blogging) world was only one of my favorite parts of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.
And I wasn’t even officially signed up.
That’s right. I didn’t sign up for the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge of 2011; but I did it anyway. And boy oh boy, it didn’t matter that I wasn’t officially signed up. Those sweet, kind, wonderful bloggers involved in the challenge just swooped me up and took me in without question.
How darn lucky am I?
My blog, Informed Sharing, was only two days old when I unofficially began blogging my way through the alphabet. Oh, I’d been blogging for years at this point; but I started Informed Sharing as a way of showcasing writers around the web that would help my readers become better informed about life and how to live it healthy: mind, body, and spirit.
Whether I am sharing other bloggers, writer friends from one of the sites that I occasionally pen pieces for, or a video that I just couldn’t pass up, I want Informed Sharing to be a comfy place where anyone can come, kick off their shoes, and stay awhile – and learn a thing or two, too!
But alas, as April rolled into May and then summer flew in, I became caught up in other things and my blog has taken a bit of a backseat to this thing we call life. This brings me back to why I didn’t believe I deserved to be honored with a guest post at Lee’s place.
And, of course, how the heck I ended up here. I am tickled pink to be sharing a bit of me with you. I want to leave you now with a few things – the meat of my post – you need to know (informed sharing, if you will…).
Life is Too Short – live each day to the fullest and do not regret the steps you take to get where you wish to be.
How did I end up here? Live your life full of passion for whatever it is you wish to do and you cannot fail.
Bottom line your goals – discovering how to take care of yourself – mind, body, and spirit – will enable you to share the triumphs, learn from the disappointments, and leave a legacy true to who you are.
Quite recently (and due to family stuff too difficult to share here) I sat down and took a good long look at what my end goals were. I like to write, I want to write, I AM a writer. But where, how, when, and with what platform do I wish to share my voice? Coupled with the invitation to guest post at Tossing it Out, I came to the realization that blogging (and vlogging on YouTube) is where I want to be.
(Please note: the above paragraph doesn’t begin to tell you the scattered pieces of my mind in regard to discovering who I am as a whole…just go with it for now.)
So what does that mean and why does it matter for you?
Well, just this: I have rediscovered my excitement from the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge of 2011. I want to blog. Daily. And I want to share. Daily. So that you are all better informed about stuff you need to know. Whatever STUFF, which might help you live better.
No more rattling around, overwhelmed and stretched too thin with this online writing/vlogging career that has chosen me.
If you’ve made it this far, I thank you. And I guarantee that you will be seeing much more of me at Informed Sharing – sharing me, you, them, her, him, and US – so that we all may live healthy: mind, body, and spirit.
Oh, and yessiree bob! You’ll also see me next year at the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge 2012 edition – sharing new friends and old as I wander through the alphabet once more – officially, of course!
Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you soon!
Come hang out at Informed Sharing and discover more of my brilliant madness! The last year of my life has been spent thoroughly ensconced with the ins and outs of online writing and I would love to help you find YOUR voice!
If sometimes you want to HEAR what I’m saying, rather then read it, visit Ask San Anything at YouTube and join in the (marginally controlled) chaos there.
** Special thanks once more to Lee for inviting me over. You really are amazing, my blogging friend! **
And thank you, San, for stopping by today to share with us. I encourage all readers to stop by San's blog to check it out and while you are there join her site so you won't miss any future posts.